Can Ravens avoid Harbaugh's first 0-2 start?

Can Ravens avoid Harbaugh's first 0-2 start?
September 15, 2013, 7:00 am
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GAME DAY EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, before today’s home opener against the Browns. 

Two-minute topic: How important is it for the Ravens to avoid starting 0-2?

Since the NFL went to a 12-team playoff format in 1990, teams that started 0-2 have made the playoffs just 11.6 percent of the time.

John Harbaugh has never started 0-2 with the Ravens, and he is 10-0 vs. the Browns. Sounds like the Ravens must guard against overconfidence today. However, after getting blown out in Denver, the Ravens insist they won’t take this game lightly. Despite the Ravens’ dominance over Cleveland in recent years, many of the games have been close.

“These guys are a good football team,” said Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. “They have a physical defense, and they’ve always had that since I’ve been here. We’ve played a lot of games that I feel like have been decided late. Every game we play in this division is like that. These guys are no exception. We believe they’re a good football team, which they are, and we’re just ready to go play another game.

Everybody in the AFC North wakes up this morning tied at 0-1, with the Ravens hosting the Browns, and the Bengals hosting the Steelers on Monday night.

After Week 2, at least two teams in the AFC North will be 0-2. That’s a problem the Ravens want to avoid.

Morning thought: “We’ve got a great stadium, great crowd. It’s always great to play in front of them, and hopefully, we’ll give them a big show. I think we’re ready to do that, and (I) just hope the place is rocking and ready to see a good football game.”

Flacco, talking about Sunday’s game.

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